European Placement Network is an SME with 5 employees & 2 volunteers created in June 2011 & based in Bristol, England, with offices in Croydon & Manchester.
We specialise in the management of European mobility programmes for work-based learning. We look to find innovative solutions, to organise personalised work-based learning projects & to develop quality home-based solutions for accommodation in the UK & across Europe. Of particular note is the work that EPN does with charitable foundations in the UK, providing high-quality, motivated trainees.
EPN has established a rapidly-growing and diversified network of partner companies in the United Kingdom. This network includes large multi-national companies, PME's, non-profit organisations from the public & private domains & across all activity sectors. EPN is an active member of local Business Networks, such a Business West and regular takes part in & contributes to business conferences, meetings & discussion groups.
EPN has also been actively involved in the design & coordination of Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships in areas that would directly benefit the work with do with job-seekers, students, VET trainees, education/training tutors & our network of partners. Our aim here is aim of improving the quality of our processes and share the innovative materials that we design throughout out network and Europe , via the EPALE platform.
Since 2011, EPN has been actively involved in European Erasmus+ mobility projects & work placement programmes. To date, we have managed mobility projects for more than 2,700 trainees (job seekers, apprentices and students). These programmes include Erasmus+, Leonardo Da Vinci, Interreg IV/V Manche, Deux Mers, France-Wallonie-Flandres, Eurodyssée. Working with a wide network of European partners such as local authorities, non-profit organisations, private companies and educational establishments, we arrange tailor-made work placements for European trainees all over the UK.
Italy – CEDIT (D2 - CEDIT) :
CEDIT aims to make a positive contribution to Education & Training in Italy and across Europe through involvement in both national and European projects, related to the themes of VET, entrepreneurship & work-based learning,. Is uniquely placed due to its strong links with small and medium enterprises and educational Institutions of Tuscany.
Among the most relevant international experiences in the relevant area of the project, its current experience in the Project ‘DSKILTI-Showcase and Valorise Achievements in Transnational Work-based Learning’ is particularly important. The Project is a strategic partnership for the enhancement of the recognition of the learning acquired by students within the TWBL, in which CEDIT takes care of communication activities (management website and social media) and, together with the other parts of the project, also the realisation of the project outputs (pedagogical methods & materials, e-learning materials). Furthermore, CEDIT is currently involved in another strategic partnership relating to the SUFABU- Succession in Family Business I Training for Sustainable Succession Process in Family Business Model Project to compare the relevance of the family business in the various countries participating in the project and through the creation of an innovative distance-learning pedagogical training model to help family businesses in the succession of their company.
CEDIT was also the leader of the Project SMEB- Getting SMEs on Board which aimed to simplify the procedures relating to the school-work alternation processes. In particular, through the project, a pedagogical programme & teaching methodology were produced aimed at systematising information about students and companies that gave their consent to host young people in alternation and a training course that involved school tutors who dealt with alternation, tutors of companies and other intermediary organisations.
CEDIT also took part in the European Entrepreneurs Campus Project, the aim of which was the configuration of multidisciplinary models to promote entrepreneurship in VET and higher education, transferring and adapting innovative practices based on Problem-solving learning methodology and using a virtual, distance learning approach. The results will develop of entrepreneurship training courses to be used for professional development, an online digital teaching guide for teacher training, a system of indicators to evaluate the results & impact of entrepreneurial training.
Furthermore, thanks to participation in the European Youth talent to market project, CEDIT has developed, tested & adopted innovative practices in the field of youth entrepreneurship by providing workshops and traineeships in mixed mobility for young people, which supports them in developing and supporting a business. in the creative sector. The project identified a non-formal entrepreneurial training path for craftsmen and has developed innovative methodologies for VET trainers and professionals targeting a specific commercial sector.
CEDIT could also contribute to the project thanks to its experience in ENDuRE, an Erasmus knowledge project of the Alliance, which has led CEDIT to develop an innovative approach for the education of new entrepreneurs and support aimed at increasing the resilience and competitiveness of European start-ups. Thanks to this international project, CEDIT is able to design and develop a holistic framework to transform ideas into technically and economically sustainable companies, through innovative solutions. CEDIT is able to develop a series of educational and practical tools to be used in the different phases of initial growth.
France – Apreca (D3 - Apreca) :
APRECA is a private in-service VET training provider created in 1990 with 6 paid employees & 3 volunteers. It has offices in several French regions including Paris-Ile de France, Alsace-Champagne-Ardennes, Bourgogne-France Comté & Midi-Pyrénées. In this way APRECA will help to spread the impact of the DSKILTI project in these diverse regions.
APRECA’s European vocation emerged through the development of pioneering IT educational programmes & digital solutions for VET tutors & staff in apprentice training centres in France (CFA) and across Europe.
APRECA also has language teaching department as a training and examination centre for the University of Cambridge (CIE) working for the regions of Champagne-Ardenne, Picardie and Bourgogne. Apreca became a pilot centre in France for the DIRECT ENGLISH method developed by the PEARSON group which integrated language learning into work-based learning.
In addition, Apreca has also been actively involved in management of the European mobility programme EURODYSSEE. APRECA has developed its expertise through European programmes as LEONARDO DA VINCI, ADAPT, ADAPT/STEER and of course Erasmus+. In 2012, Apreca was selected by the French Agency to intervene in the National Conference as an example of how to develop and manage an outstanding Leonardo project.
Thanks to this experience and a huge network of European partners, APRECA works with a variety of public authorities to facilitate quality work-based learning & innovative pedagogical solutions through the use of up to date digital technologies & skills.. APRECA has offices in the regions of Ile-de-France, Champagne-Ardenne and Burgundy and is always looking for new innovative practices and solutions to improve the quality of its educational services.
Working with a wide network of European partners such as local authorities, private companies and educational establishments, Apreca has facilitated mobility projects for more than 16,000 trainees (VET trainees, job seekers, apprentices, high school students and students) all over Europe and also manages the hosting in France of trainees from other European countries and the organization of linguistic training and work-based learning.
We regularly participate in projects and / or partnerships with the aim of improving the quality of our processes. For example, APRECA is also a member of the French Expert mobility network, managed by the French Erasmus+ Agency as is recognised as an official 'mobility developer'. Furthermore, Apreca is actively involved in the development of ECVET as a member of various working groups organised by the French Agency. Apreca also holds the Erasmus + VET Mobility Charter.
The combination of almost 30 years’ experience with work-based learning, IT training, language training & working in European projects allows Apreca to provide a unique input into the project.
Spain – AM Transnational (D4 - AMT) :
AMT is a Spanish consultancy firm specialised in the management of Educational programsmes for youngsters throughout Europe. Since our foundation in 2003 we have participated in hundreds of educational programmes & specialise in Language Teaching. using & creating innovative digital solutions for learners. We will coordinate the translation of the DSKILTI outputs and dissemination materials.
We are also fully involved in European work-based learning programs as sending and hosting partners. We tailor make every program to ensure its success. We handle projects from initial consultancy through completion, providing a fully managed end-to-end service. We have developed procedures for the monitoring of trainees and so are ideally placed to appreciate their needs during the COVID19 pandemic. We will coordinate the 6 pilot studies that will test the DIKILTI outputs.
We are experts in all the phases of transnational work-based learning programmes including projects drafting, submission, implementation (including all the services of a mobility programme: travelling, accommodation, cultural & linguistic preparation, training, follow up, validation and certification) & project validation and recognition through the application of ECVET. Our aim is to enhance and improve professional qualifications of young people, by implementing their individual competences & linguistic skills & quantifying / capitalising on their achievements.
As already mentioned in the question above, AMT was founded with the aim of offering a comprehensive & skilled service in the completion of work-based learning programs in the area of Education and Learning. Over the years we have participated in countless training projects, both as sending and receiving institution, so that we have succeeded in constructing and managing networks of businesses. We are at the forefront of improving quality in pedagogical programmes and the links between learning objectives, learning outcomes and units of learning outcomes. We play and have played a lead role in researching, experimenting and implementing skills transfers.
The added value that AMT will bring to this project for its success is our expertise in coordinating work-based learning programmes with educational and training institutions and linking the work-based experience to the pedagogical programme followed by the trainees. This experience has led us to perfectly know and understand which are the roles, perspectives, expectations and outcomes of the main parties involved in any period of transnational work-based learning: the training institution, the trainee and the training company. We act as connectors between these stakeholders, bringing them closer, for the training success. We have realised that trainees should think before starting the training period not only in his/her expectations but also in real terms regarding what possible outcomes he/she can achieve considering also his/her background. In the same way, and before accepting a trainee, the company should think on the company target and also on the professional skills they can provide to the trainee.
The management of transnational work-based learning is currently both complex and time-consuming and we are really excited to be involved in the project which will improve the quality of the management of the process. We currently use IT to manage these work placements and have a lot of ideas about how to encourage companies to engage in transnational work-based learning. Ms Raquel Pineda who has extensive IT experience will be actively involved as a technician and will bring an experienced eye to look at the proposed DSKILTI project outputs and suggest key pedagogical improvements.
France – ADICE (D5 – ADICE) :
ADICE, Association for the Development of Citizen & European Initiatives, is a non-profit association created in February 1999 in Roubaix, on a social & economic fragile territory. In this context ADICE’s aim is mainly to fight against discrimination & to favour the social promotion of young adults, mainly disadvantaged (unemployed, unqualified or low qualified, immigrated persons, women) by supporting their participation in European & French mobility in order to develop their social, professional & intercultural skills.
ADICE works primarily on behalf of young people between the ages of 18 & 30 who have encountered problems in gaining access to employment; often they are also experiencing social and/or economic problems & may be discriminated against in hiring because of their ethnic origin or some other factors. ADICE offers them a chance to participate in European & international mobility programmes, which will enable them to develop key competences, social skills (open-mindedness, independence, critical thinking, solidarity, self-confidence), vocational skills (teamwork, technical and language skills) & intercultural skills (learning about a new country, a new environment, accepting differences, getting rid of stereotypes, sharing this experience back home, being open to other lifestyles).
Mobility as a Means to Employment - ADICE's objective is to make European mobility a tool, a means of improving the employability of young people. ADICE believes that mobility is an opportunity to learn & grow that will enrich participants' values and resources & enable them to acquire useful skills for implementing their personal and career plans.
ADICE is recognised as a body that is active in the area of youth & international mobility. It has obtained the following recognitions:
+ Framework Agreement with the European Parliament
+ Accredited as a Training Provider with special attention to the development of key competences
+ Accredited as a Europe Direct Information Centre,
+ Erasmus + VET Mobility Charter
+ Special Consultative Status at the United Nations Economic and Social Council from 2013
+ EU Aid Volunteers certification as a sending organisation
ADICE trains some 1,000 people every year to develop their competences with particular attention paid to developing digital skills; About 50 informational meetings are held in our offices every year; Nearly 450 people sign up on average every year for an initial individual interview with a project manager; Each year nearly 200 people are enrolled in a mobility programme with ADICE through volunteering (EVS, Civic Service) or professional mobility programme (Erasmus + VET, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs).
ADICE has been involved in more than 200 projects of international mobility around 30 countries Mobility is seen as a non-formal educational alternative way to develop professional, personal & social skills, showcasing the added-value of the mobility experience using digital technologies. Our projects of mobility, characterised by varied destinations, duration & sectors, are adapted to the needs, objectives & profile of every person., within the framework of our activities we work in the field of non-formal adult education to provide new opportunities for people facing social & professional difficulties.
Indeed, over all these years of experience, ADICE has developed tools, practices & methods to enhance the quality of participants' support in international mobility projects from recruitment to their return after their project.
ADICE’s team is composed of 9 employees and 5 volunteers. Within ADICE, project managers are specialized in mobility project construction and monitoring: 2 persons are responsible for supporting the short and long - term volunteering projects and 1 person is working on VET projects and Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs. A mobility department coordinator supervises all the projects managers to ensure the good realization of all these mobility projects.
Germany – Berlink (D6 - Berlink) :
BERLINK is a German organization with a consolidated experience in organising qualified professional, educational and work placement experiences in Berlin. The aim of the company matches to the general goals set by the Erasmus Plus programme: improving the quality and increasing the volume of mobility and cooperation between educational institutions and companies.
BERLINK has in fact a strong collaboration with a wide network of local companies, and is actively involved in EU projects that compile innovative experiences and good practices on active participation of SMEs as host partners in mobility projects. Thanks to a solid network of international partners and an ongoing process of transnational experiences exchange, BERLINK is able to provide work placement experiences with a relevant impact on the learning process, by applying innovative methods (ECVET system implementation) and common approaches to plan and deliver successful training on the job preparation for work experiences.
BERLINK is engaged in consultancy activities for the development of training/employment paths for people of different ages and socio-professional origin, by providing adequate methodological and procedural support to reconstruct the experiences carried out and the achieved learning results.
BERLINK is moreover involved in several EU project related to the entrepreneurship and development of entrepreneurial mindset. In the framework of these projects BERLINK developed research tools and resources for young people and adult learners supporting the development of both their professional and personal skills through non-formal learning.
BERLINK is very active in the participation of European projects with the aim of enhancing the development, transfer and implementation of innovative practices, fostering the use of ICT in education, training and labour market. BERLINK has a dynamic Information Technology Department that specialises in the design and production of digital materials such as publications, videos and in addition to providing innovative digital solutions to current issues and problems.
PT – Associacao Comercial de Braga (D7 – ACB) :
The Commercial Association of Braga (ACB) was founded in 1863. It has more than 150 years to the service of the region. It is a Non-profit corporate association with a multisectorial and multi-district character. It gathers and represents the economic agents of the Northern Portugal Region linked mainly to the tertiary sector of the regional economy in constant development and collective destination. Its mission is to guarantee the development and activities to promote business and associative initiatives in the geographical area constituted by the counties of Amares, Braga, Terras de Bouro and Vila Verde, Póvoa de Lanhoso and Vieira do Minho. In 2005, and in terms of increasing its reach from the ACB, the extension of its scope of influence that allows the possibility of hosting associates based in any part of the country, as well as in countries related to an activity of a commercial nature. ACB's objective, as a business development entity, associated to sustained economic development, is to strengthen the representation of associated companies, to enrich and increase its activity and all its businesses, involving and encouraging interaction between the various regional and national economic sectors.
Performance: to fulfil its mission, ACB guarantees its members the following objectives: to represent, defend and
ACB participates in Erasmus + strategic partnerships. The experience acquired by participants (trainees, trainers and staff) allows for an improvement of knowledge for the execution of the project in progress & future projects, namely in the preparation, implementation & follow up of projects. In addition, the staff are involved in job shadowing to acquire more practical experiences, knowledge & aptitudes to develop further knowledge related to the various education systems of the host partner countries, preparation for the use of transparent tools for evaluating EU competency validation systems such as Europass Mobility & the principles of application ECVET.
ACB has a vast interdisciplinary technical team dedicated to different services to support companies, partners and 18 full-time staff & 53 trainers. ACB seeks to respond to all training needs & presents solutions more suitable for their partners for greater human resource enrichment in a process of constant improvement quality of education, promoting inter-company training and internships in a work context. In this organizational context, ACB has a team of experienced professionals dedicated to national and international projects and to the development of digital skills and solutions.
Associated Partners :
These partners include universities, schools, training centres, a business association, a mobility service provider, a cultural body & a chamber of commerce. This will help to increase the breadth & impact of the project. They will be invited to meetings, focus groups & to the project conferences & have agreed to cover costs from their own funds. Several have also agreed to take part in the Testing Phase of the project for the intellectual outputs.
These associated partners will provide a precious detached view of the outputs & have also agreed to play an active role in the dissemination of information about then project & its results, thereby making a significant contribution to guaranteeing the widespread impact of the project.